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- Uncle Rico's girlfriend who rides up to him on her bicycle at the end of the film, is Aaron Ruell's wife.
- In real life, the llama belongs to director/co-writer Jared Hess's mother, and its name is Dolly.
- Aaron Ruell (Kip) had braces put on his teeth for this role (two dentists are thanked in the credits).
- The scene of the farmer shooting the cow in front of the school bus full of children is a true anecdote from the director's childhood.
- Jon Heder's big dance scene was the last scene scheduled and film ran out while shooting it. The sequence was edited together from less than 10 minutes of his dancing.
- The scene where Uncle Rico hits Napoleon in the face took four takes.
- The "liger" is a real animal, created when a male lion mates with a female tiger. It does not, however, have "skills in magic", as Napoleon claims.
- The movie was edited in producer [?] Jeremy Coon's apartment using a $6,000 Macintosh with Final Cut Pro.
- Features one of the longest credited cast lists in movie history; all 181 student extras' names are listed in the closing credits.
- Jon Heder was paid $1,000 to play Napoleon Dynamite. The movie grossed over $40,000,000 in the United States.